Relaunch or disband Cope - Dexter
Johannesburg - Congress of the People communications chief Phillip Dexter has proposed that the party relaunch itself or disband, The Times said on Thursday.
"Dexter has proposed in a confidential document circulated among party leaders that Cope should relaunch itself or disband," the newspaper reported.
In a 19-page draft report titled "COPEing with the Crisis in the Congress of the People: Our Responsibility in the National Democratic Revolution" Dexter apparently said the party had degenerated into "a culture that mimicked the worst found in the ANC".
Dexter reportedly claimed that party election lists were manipulated in 2009 and 2011 and that Cope funds were abused in Parliament by the party's co-founder Mbhazima Shilowa, by Cope provincial leaders and in the party headquarters, controlled by the party's president Mosiuoa Lekota.
The article quoted a party source saying that Dexter's document was the "first shot fired in the leadership contest between Dexter and Lekota" although in an interview, Lekota said he did not see Dexter's document as an indication that he wanted to be party president.
The party won 2.33% of the vote in last week's elections and faced the "impossible choice" of deciding whether to go into a coalition with the DA or ANC in hung municipal councils, the newspaper reported.